The south of France is well one of the vital spectacular journey locations in Europe. Right here you’ll discover stunning mountainscapes, gorgeous coastal views and loads of small cities and villages that beckon you to say hey.

For those who’re visiting the area, you’ll uncover cities that take you again in time, that thrill with out of doors adventures and that provide cultural experiences that you just’ll bear in mind for the remainder of your life.

In an ideal world, you’ll be able to spend months exploring each gorgeous spot within the south of France. Nevertheless, almost certainly received’t have time to go to every city within the area, right here’s an inventory of among the extra widespread small cities and villages within the south of France.

South of France: Provence & French Riviera Itinerary

Provence Alpes Cote d’Azur


Planning Your Provence & French Riviera Journey

1. Lease a Automobile in France

Whereas renting a automobile isn’t an absolute should within the French Riviera, I extremely suggest it for Provence. Whereas some locations could be seen by prepare or bus (eg. of some excursions right here), you’ll miss out on many small cities price your time should you don’t have a automobile.

I’m saying this as throughout my first go to to the south of France I didn’t hire a automobile and whereas I used to be in a position to take pleasure in myself (I took this actual tour!), I most well-liked my second and third journey once I had a automobile with me and will discover issues alone tempo and freely. I additionally stumbled by some unbelievable spots that I wouldn’t have the ability to see on a gaggle tour. 

You’ll find the most effective deal on automobile rental on Uncover Automobile Rent. Private tip: their automobile insurance coverage is less expensive than reserving it on the counter, so that you may wish to ebook it beforehand.

IMPORTANT: should you pre-book a automobile from exterior of Europe your rental shall be considerably cheaper as additional taxes received’t be added primarily based in your pc’s IP. Nevertheless, this solely works when you’ve got a non-EU driver’s license. 

Rental Car in France

2. Base Your self Someplace in Provence and Cote d’Azur As an alternative of Altering Inns

It is likely to be tempting to remain in several cities all through your journey, however it’s not the most effective concept. Decide one lodge in Provence and one within the French Riviera and discover different spots in the course of the day. Why?

Particularly in Provence, huge chains of motels don’t exist and what you could find are household owned guesthouses. That stated, many of the motels have restricted check-in and check-out time, and a few actually have a curfew. For those who wished to test into a special spot each evening, you’ll miss out on unbelievable sunsets and sunrises, so it’s merely not price it.


3. Resolve The place Will You Fly To

There are two handy airports within the space: Marseille and Good. You possibly can fly into Marseille and fly out of Good, or fly out and in of Good if that’s cheaper. Examine Skyscanner and discover the very best possibility.Senanque Abbey

4. Take Time Into Consideration

Even should you rigorously plan your route, you may wish to spend extra time in some spots, or just cease on the aspect of the street and benefit from the view. Don’t go to France to simply tick some cute villages of your checklist, however actually take pleasure in every place and the ambiance of Provence and French Riviera.Provence road trip

Marseille to Good Itinerary – Eight Days

Day 1:  Fly into Marseille. 

SLEEP IN: Aix-en-Provence

Decide up your rental automobile and drive to Aix-en-Provence. Benefit from the dinner in among the out of doors eating places. 

Day 2:  Aix-en-Provence – Massif des Calanques – Cassis

Spend the morning exploring Aix-en-Provence. Within the afternoon drive to Massif des Calanques for some mountain climbing and cease in Cassis afterward for a snack.Day 2:  Aix-en-Provence - Massif des Calanques - Cassis

Massif des Calanques France

Day 3: Pont du Gard – Avignon – Rustrel

Drive to see Pont du Gard, an historic Roman aqueduct bridge constructed within the first century AD to hold water over 50 kilometers. Then proceed to Avignon and stroll by the Medieval battlements to achieve the historic heart dominated by the fortified Papal Palace. End the day with a light-weight hike on Colorado Provencal close to Rustrel.Pont du Gard - Avignon - Rustrel

Day 4:  Arles – Le Baux de Provence – Carrières de Lumières – Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole

Spend the morning in Arles following the footsteps of Van Gogh and take a look at the amphitheater. For those who’re visiting on a Saturday there shall be a giant market there. To proceed your Van Gogh and artwork journey that day, go to Carrieres de Lumieres, a spectacular artwork exhibition, cease for lunch at Le Baux de Provence close by, and step foot on the Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole.Arles - Le Baux de Provence - Carrières de Lumières - Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole

Day 5: Luberon Valley: Senanque – Gordes – Menerbes – Lourmarin (optionally available: Oppede)

Drive to Senanque Abbey, regardless whether or not it’s a lavender season or not, it’s stunning all yr lengthy.  Then cease by Gordes for lunch and admire the views. Proceed onto Menerbes and Oppede, the latter is {a partially} deserted village greatest identified for its Medieval château as soon as occupied by Nazis. Spend the golden hour and sundown at Lourmarin, earlier than heading again to Aix.Day 5: Luberon Valley: Senanque - Gordes - Menerbes - Lourmarin (optional: Oppede)

Day 6:  Valensole – Moustiers-Sainte-Marie – Verdon Gorge

For those who’re visiting Provence throughout Lavender season it’s good to take a look at Valensole space. Valensole is house to many attractive lavender farms which can be a must-see when in full bloom.

After you’re lavender-out cease by Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, one of the vital stunning villages in France, with a waterfall operating by the middle of city. End by kayaking on Verdon Gorge. Day 6:  Valensole - Moustiers-Sainte-Marie - Verdon Gorge

Day 7:  Grasse – St Paul de Vence – Antibes


That day you’ll go away Provence and begin exploring Cote d’Azur. Then go to the epicenter of fragrance making – Grasse, and tour their perfumeries.

Proceed onto a hilltop village of St-Paul-de-Vence, the place modern painters perpetuate artwork as a dwelling custom. End the day with a dinner in both Antibes or Good.

Cote d'Azur France

Day 8:  Villefranche-sur-Mer – Eze – Monaco

Take the prepare or drive to close by Villefranche-sur-Mer and discover it, then see the pink Villa Rothschild close by. Spend the afternoon or night in Monaco. Don’t neglect to take a look at my favourite village Eze on the way in which.Villefranche-sur-Mer - Eze - Monaco

Day 9:  Good

Get pleasure from your morning and fly out.

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